Some personal injury lawsuits have a bad rap. They’re prime targets for manipulation, conjecture, and negative associations. It can be difficult to determine how someone who claims to have been injured in a car accident can’t perform their job duties properly, and deserves a thousands of dollars in compensation as a result.
Until recently, personal injury lawyers, including trucking accident attorneys and workers compensation attorneys, relied on the often-biased opinions of doctors, who observed the person in question for half an hour or so to determine if they were able to adequately perform their job.
Now, however, personal injury lawyers may be able to tap into the wealth of quantifiable data that fitness trackers and mobile apps provide. A Canadian law firm is currently working on the first even personal injury lawsuit that will utilize health information from a Fitbit — a wrist worn physical activity tracker — in order to show the effect of an accident on their client.
Cases such as this may be increasing in popularity, with both law firms and insurance companies using personal physical activity data to determine compensation, or lack of.
If you find yourself involved in a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important to keep accurate records and accounts, whether hard-copy or digital, of your injuries and their effects. It’s also important to find a reputable personal injury lawyer immediately. If you’re wondering how to find a good lawyer, you’re in luck. Finding an attorney is easier than you think.
The best place to start is with family, friends, co-workers, or anyone whom you know and trust. There’s a good chance they may personally know someone who can help you. You may find that receiving a personal recommendation will make you feel more at ease. The internet is also an invaluable resource. Whether you received personal recommendations or have other attorneys in mind from your own research, cross-reference your list of possible attorneys with your state bar association for further information.
Last, but far from least, schedule initial interviews. This is perhaps the most important step, and is paramount in choosing an attorney. Come prepared to the consultation with a list of questions and concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions, and take notes. When all else fails, listen to your intuition. You and your lawyer should both feel comfortable with each other in order to forge a strong, professional relationship.